Snorkeling the Great Barrier Reef from Cairns is a popular choice for many. Cairns Great Barrier Reef tours are the more numerous than any other city. In addition to dive and snorkel tours, Cairns has plenty of choices for eating, shopping, hotels, AirBnB’s, and other accommodation options. It is also the only city you can see the reef from that has an international airport. This makes shorter flights no matter where you are traveling from. There is a good reason Cairns is the top destination choice for many wishing to see the Great Barrier Reef. Cairns makes for a well rounded holiday on both days on land and while seeing the Great Barrier Reef.
All trips take a full day unless you are going to Fitzroy Island or Green Island, so it is important to plan your trip in advance. Both Green Island and Fitzroy Island both offer trips that can be completed in half of a day in case you are like many and are trying to make a last minute Great Barrier Reef trip on the same day you arrive without advanced planning. These Islands have fringe reefs around them which are considered to be part of the Great Barrier Reef.